Carr de Naskra Dead
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Carr de Naskra

Carr de Naskra, the 1984 Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner who put up solid numbers as a stallion, was euthanized Oct. 15 because of foot problems. His owner, Virginia Kraft Payson, kept him the last several years at her acreage near Payson Park Thoroughbred Training Center near Indiantown, Fla.

Despite Carr de Naskra’s troubles, Payson said the 27-year-old pensioned son of Star de Naskra enjoyed “a very good late life because he received great care and was treated like the crown prince.”

Carr de Naskra not only achieved fame by winning the historic Travers at Saratoga, but also took the race’s main prep, the Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) at the Spa, by 12 3/4 lengths. He thus joined Arts and Letters (in 1969) and Willow Hour (in 1981) in completing the double.  (Affirmed finished first in both in 1978, but was disqualified in the Travers and placed second to Alydar.)

Carr de Naskra was bred by Robert C. Sansing, foaled at Payson Stud near Lexington, and named after farm manager Ted Carr. Payson had taken a liking to Carr de Naskra while he was growing up at the farm. She bought him for $43,000 through Thornmar, agent, from Carr, who acted as Sansing’s agent, at the 1982 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky September yearling sale.

Unraced at 2, Carr de Naskra faced some of racing biggest stars at 3 and 4. In the 1984 Marlboro Cup Invitational Handicap (gr. I), he finished second to champion Slew o’ Gold. The following year, he was beaten a nose by subsequent Horse of the Year Spend a Buck in the Monmouth Handicap (gr. I) in a runner-up effort. He also ran second to Track Barron in the Whitney Handicap (gr. I) in front of subsequent champion Vanlandingham, and was second to Vanlandingham in the Suburban Handicap (gr. I). On Daily Racing Form’s free handicap, Carr de Naskra was weighted at 122 pounds at 3 and 120 pounds at 4.

Carr de Naskra retired with seven wins and seven placings from 18 races and earnings of $831,672. He stood first at The Stallion Park, then Sugar Maple Farm, both in New York, where he led the state sire’s list in 1990, prior to being returned to his birthplace for the 1994 breeding season.

Carr de Naskra sired 25 stakes winners and the earners of $23 million, plus 83% starters and 67% winners from foals. His best runner, Payson’s homebred La Carriere, was a grade III winner at Saratoga and ran second to Cigar in the 1995 Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) and third to him in the inaugural Dubai World Cup in 1996. Carr de Naskra also sired graded winners Dazzle Me Jolie and Tropicool, plus Candid Cameron (in Canada).

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